We played to yet another draw in the DStv Premiership this afternoon, this time against Sekhukhune United at Emirates Airline Park. Both goals of the game were scored in the second half of play.
A win this afternoon would have helped our campaign and pushed us higher on the overall log but sharing the spoils with Sekhukhune means that for now we will stay in the middle of the standings.
The first half of play saw us dominating ball possession, and well executed plays on both flanks of the field between Magawana and Dube on the right and Cele and Mmodi on the left allowed us to play up into our opponents half, but we were unable to create clear scoring opportunities as the hosts defended well.
We missed an opportunity to take the lead on the half hour mark as Mutizwa headed over the bar off a cross from Dube. Sekhukhune responded as Sibanyoni attacked, missing his opportunity to put his side in the lead.
Coming off the break, Coach Seema made three changes, with Sibiya, Ndwandwe and Gumede coming on. All of the players made an immediate impact with Gumede breaking the deadlock in the 52nd minute off a great assist from Sibisi.
The home side equalised after being awarded a penalty for an alleged foul by Gumede in the box. Maart converted and levelled things up for an entertaining last 10 minutes of play that saw both sides fighting hard to score a winner.
The team will need to pull together and build on the positive aspects of our play as we have only a couple of days to prepare for our second round semi final in the MTN8 against Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday evening.